The Great Knysna Fire delivered darkness instead of light. The human spirit is that “life carries on” but it wasn’t necessary that it had to be made harder by government’s refusal to communicate or help where needed most. 10 weeks after the fire finds many of us still with no idea where our future lies. We seem to be unwanted by our local government who has forgotten that it works for us. Maybe they want the poorer of us to be forced out of town.
There are those who choose to forget and move on but there is danger in that because problems unaddressed have the potential to become someone else’s problem. The less selfish but infinitely more difficult route is to discover what happened and to learn from it. That requires transparency and, if necessary, accountability.
Unfortunately, our politicians and municipality don’t practice not what they preach. Instead, our severely corrupt regime chose to block the Public from meetings and, eventually, issue a fire report whose purpose seems to be to ensure that their hands are washed clean of the dirt of our tragedy.
The Great Knysna Fire delivered darkness, thereafter Afriforum delivered the light of facts. The SPOTLIGHT Afriforum shone on our town through the forensic investigation of Dr David Klatzow is greatly welcomed. It may have contained difficult truth but honesty is warmth to be hugged and kissed.
I’m a man of little, even more so after the fire burnt most of my possessions and ensured that i have no place to call “home” but i’m rich in the people that have helped me, those who sheltered me, gave me clothes, fed me. Now, thanks to Afriforum, i’m rescued from the wilderness of my thoughts, given solidity to hang onto, to pursue.
In appreciation, i’ve signed up with Afriforum so that i can give them a R30 donation every month. I hope that there are others in Knysna who want to say thank you too. If so, fill in your details under the MAKE A DIFFERENCE header at www.afriforum.co.za/home.